Forest

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Metamorphosis

Oct 7, 2015

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central, SDPB-TV airs "Black Hills Metamorphosis."  The show looks at the explosion of Pine Beetles in the Black Hills and follows up on SDPB's 2010 production, "The Black Hills and the Mountain Pine Beetle."  SDPB-TV producer Brian Gevik and SDPB Radio news producer Charles Michael Ray visited with scientists and forestry experts for tonight's program.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos.

Mud Boggers Asked to Hold Off Until After Weekend

May 20, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

For many South Dakotans a favorite Memorial Day weekend pastime is spending time in the outdoors in an off-road vehicle.

But officials in the Black Hills are worried about damage to area back roads with recent rains and muddy conditions. Black Hills National Forest officials are delaying the opening of some forest roads that are popular for all terrain vehicles. Ruth Esperance is a district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest. She says keeping roads closed in extra muddy conditions saves tax dollars by reducing future road repair costs.

Pine Beetle Infestation In Black Hills

Nov 14, 2013

Pine beetles, the federal budget, forest fires and climate were topics at a press conference last week at the Forest Service office in Custer.  Tom Tidwell, the Chief of the United States Forest Service, took part in a meeting during his first trip to the Black Hills.  He made the stop in South Dakota at the request of U.S.

Tidwell In Black Hills Talks Beetles And Budgets

Nov 7, 2013

The Chief of the United States Forest Service took a tour of the Black Hills this week .  Tom Tidwell who oversees the federal agency got a first-hand view of the pine beetle infestation that has left behind hundreds of thousands of dead trees. 

Tidwell and Congresswoman Kristi Noem then took part in a roundtable discussion on the problem with local industry and government groups. 

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray attended the meeting and brought back this report.

USDA Reports On Climate Change

Feb 11, 2013
Kealey Bultena

The United States Department of Agriculture has published two comprehensive reports on what the changing climate means for the future of the nation’s forests and agriculture.

The reports are peer reviewed and include input from over 40 scientists each. 

They show climate change will pose increasing challenges to farmers, ranchers, and foresters in the coming years.